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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 23, 2010 7:23am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The next 30 Items in question

Eight Witnesses (1954) - No renewal found. Not GATT eligible.
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Flame Over India (1959) - No film renewal - No GATT notice - Screenplay?

Type of Work: Recorded Document
Document Number: V2469P447
Date of Recordation: 1989-06-19
Entire Copyright Document: V2469P447 (Single page document)
Date of Execution: 1Jun89
Title: Flame over India : a.k.a. North West frontier; motion picture / Screenplay by Robin Estridge, adapted from a screenplay entitled Jehad by Frank Nugent. Based on a screenplay entitled North West frontier and/or The Star of India by Robert Westerby & Will Price & on an original story by Patrick Ford & Will Price.
Notes: Option agreement.
Flame over India & 4 other titles.
Party 1: Pinewood Studios, Ltd.
Party 2: Price Entertainment, Inc.

Variant title: North West frontier
Jehad
Star of India
Names: Pinewood Studios, Ltd.
Price Entertainment, Inc.
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Gone to Earth (1950) - Renewed

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000019337 / 1979-05-07
Renewal registration for: LP0000001764 / 1951-12-31
Title: The Wild heart; motion picture. By Vanguard Films, Inc.
Notes: From the novel Gone to earth, by Mary Webb.
Copyright Claimant: American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (PWH)

Variant title: The Wild heart
Other Title: Gone to earth
Names: Webb, Mary
Vanguard Films, Inc.
American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
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Las Vegas Shakedown (1955) - Renewed

Type of Work: Recorded Document
Document Number: V2160P260
Date of Recordation: 1986-02-12
Entire Copyright Document: V2160P260-264
Registration Number Not Verified: RE 165-279 (1983)
Title: Las Vegas shakedown / RE 165-279 (1983)

Type of Work: Recorded Document
Document Number: V2160P255
Date of Recordation: 1986-02-12
Entire Copyright Document: V2160P255-259
Registration Number Not Verified: RE 165-279 (1983)
Title: Las Vegas shakedown / RE 165-279 (1983)
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Look Back in Anger (1959) - Renewed

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000314206 / 1986-12-19
Renewal registration for: LP0000017059 / 1959-09-26 (in notice: 1958)
Title: Look back in anger.
Copyright Claimant: Woodfall Film Productions, Ltd. (PWH)

Names: Woodfall Film Productions, Ltd.
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Mr. Arkadin (1955) - GATT restored

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000996147 / 2000-05-05
Application Title: Mr. Arkadin.
Title: Confidential report / Film Organization, SA in co-production with Sevilla Films Studios ; story, screenplay, direction by Orson Welles.
Description: Videocassette ; 1/2 in.
Notes: In b&w.
Copyright Claimant: Gray Film Sipirs, SA
Date of Publication: 1955
Authorship on Application: motion picture: Orson Welles, -1985.
Copyright Note: Reg. under GATT/URAA restoration

Other Title: Mister Arkadin
Dossier secret
Names: Welles, Orson, -1985
Film Organization, SA
Sevilla Films Studios
Gray Film Sipirs, SA
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New Mexico (1951) - No renewal found
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Night and the City (1950) - Renewed

Type of Work: Recorded Document
Document Number: V3293P241
Date of Recordation: 1996-10-11
Entire Copyright Document: V3293 P222-246
Registration Number Not Verified: RE 666-315.
Title: Night and the city (1950) By Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / RE 666-315.

Variant title: Night and the city (1950)
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Postmark for Danger (1955) - Renewed?

Recorded Document
Document Number: V2348P316
Date of Recordation: 1988-05-17
Entire Copyright Document: V2348 P296-325
Registration Number Not Verified: LP6351 (1955)
Title: Postmark for danger / LP6351 (1955)
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Shack Out on 101 (1955) - Renewed

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000170789 / 1983-05-17
Renewal registration for: LP0000005600 / 1955-12-04
Title: Shack out on 101. By Allied Artists Pictures Corporation.
Copyright Claimant: National Telefilm Associates, Inc. (PWH)
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Variant title: Shack out on 101.
Names: Allied Artists Pictures Corporation.
National Telefilm Associates, Inc.
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Southside 1-1000 (1950) - No renewal found. May have been renewed before 1978.
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Sunset Boulevard (1950) - No renewal found. I'm sure this was renewed, likely in 1977.
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The Big Boodle (1957) - Renewed

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000201934 / 1984-03-05
Renewal registration for: LP0000008609 / 1957-01-25 (in notice: 1956)
Title: The Big boodle.
Copyright Claimant: Monteflor, Inc. (PWH)

Names: Monteflor, Inc.
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The Damned Don't Cry (1950) - No renewal found. May have been renewed before 1978.
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The Entertainer (1960) - No renewal found. Made in the UK, but I couldn't find a GATT notice.
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The Girl in Lovers Lane (1960) - No renewal found
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The Good Die Young (1954) - Renewed

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000128156 / 1982-04-12
Renewal registration for: LP0000008753 / 1954-03-02
Title: The Good die young. By Remus Films, Ltd.
Copyright Claimant: United Artists Corporation (PWH)

Variant title: The Good die young.
Names: Remus Films, Ltd.
United Artists Corporation


This post was modified by billbarstad on 2010-10-23 14:23:54

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Poster: gzd Date: Oct 23, 2010 12:15pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The next 30 Items in question

Actually, there's no renewal record per se for Postmark for Danger (1955). The only records that pop up are mass-lists of copyright assignments (document numbers that start with V instead of RE), and PD titles can and do pop up in such lists (try a search for "They made me a criminal" and "woman in green" for example)

Furthermore, there's even a registration by Alpha Video for a modified print with additional sound effects:
Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0001626240 / 2008-10-23
Application Title: Postmark For Danger.
Title: Postmark For Danger.
Description: Videodisc (DVD)
Copyright Claimant: Gotham Distributing Corp. d/b/a Alpha Video Distributors. Address: PO Box 101, Narberth, PA 19072.
Date of Creation: 2008
Date of Publication: 2008-09-30
Nation of First Publication: United States
Authorship on Application: Gotham Distributing Corp. d/b/a Alpha Video Distributors, employer for hire.
Pre-existing Material: Motion Picture Preexisting; Postmark For Danger - Directed By Guy Green.
Basis of Claim: New Matter: Ambient and Newly Created Sound Effects.
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.
Names: Alpha Video Distributors
Gotham Distributing Corp.

It's a UK movie to start with, although the executive producer, Tony Owen, was an American. The Alpha registration makes me suspect it's PD in the US, but I am not well-versed in GATT and UK copyright subtleties, so I'll let others draw the proper conclusions.

This post was modified by gzd on 2010-10-23 19:15:48

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Poster: HektorT Date: Oct 26, 2010 2:22pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The next 30 Items in question

Actually to NOT be eligible GATT, none of the copyright holders can be non-American. So even if one were british it would be GATT eligible. In any event the Copyright holders differ from country to country. In most cases it is Director, Screenwriter, music composer. I've never seen the Producer as a copyright holder. In this case the director is British, so it would be GATT eligible as long as it wasn't in the UK Public Domain in 1996

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 23, 2010 1:47pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The next 30 Items in question

If executive producer Tony Owen was a copyright holder, and that seems likely, the movie wouldn't be GATT eligible. Since the original copyright term is 50 years, the movie would now be PD.